1,700 jobs to go from mobile firm

Southsea Coast Emporium was packed for the tea duelling event Picture: Habibur Rahman

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MOBILE phone retailer Phones 4U is to close 362 stores, with the loss of nearly 1,700 jobs, administrators have confirmed.

The retailer has stores in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and Chichester.

A further 720 staff have been retained to assist with the closure programme, PwC said.

It comes after Phones 4U went into administration last week following network operator EE’s decision not to renew its contract.